17 September 1672

17 September 1672

Sir

These are only to acquaint you, that by several express commands from his Majesty, the enclosed ought to want no possible care in its dispatch to him; it being intended (as I suppose) for the use of the Comte D’Estrées who has some days since taken leave of the country and is expected will sail away at the first opportunity.

I send it to you open, to the end you may please after perusal to call for Mr Gregory, and give order, that his part being dispatched, a conveyance may be immediately provided for Mr Savile.

So with tenders of my best respects and service, I remain

Your affectionate humble servant

S. P.

Sir

I have already troubled by an express this afternoon, about another matter. These are only to tell you, that there will shortly come before you at the Chest table an unfortunate poor friend of mine (one Mr Clerke) who hath lost his arm onboard the Mountague, Captain Darcy commanding, in the late engagement. I ask no partiality on his behalf, but pray that he may not want any reasonable kindness you and my friends of that board can show him in his dispatch and relief; which I shall be indebted to you and them for and remain

Your truly affectionate friend and servant

S. P.

In a letter to Colonel Middleton, Pepys enclosed another note, asking for help for a Mr Clerke, injured probably in the Battle of Sole Bay on 28 May 1672, and possibly the husband of Pepys’s Greenwich landlady in the winter of 1665 to 1666.

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